Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With 'Natural Woman' Performance on 'The Tonight Show': Watch
Ariana Grande was the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, where she paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died earlier in the day after a years-long battle with cancer.
With support from the Roots, Grande covered Franklin’s classic from 1967, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
Grande, whose much anticipated fourth studio set Sweetener dropped at midnight, was scheduled to perform a comedy sketch to promote her new album, but instead opened the show with the emotional performance.
According to reports, Grande, who earlier in the day posted a photo of herself with Franklin, broke down in tears backstage after the song.
Watch the performance below.
Ariana stuck around for a chat with Fallon and an early preview of the new album. During their Q&A, Fallon asked Ariana about her fiance Pete Davidson and played the song which carries his name. "He got in so much trouble on your show," she confessed. Ari also recounted how their love blossomed. "We met on SNL two or three years ago," she admitted. "I had the biggest crush on him the whole time." She knew it was love way back then. "I jokingly said to my tour manager, 'I'm going to marry him.'" So that's that. Grande also gave an impromptu performance of one of her faves from the album, "R.E.M." Watch below.